1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5 ¶ The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
When God begins to speak such as He has in the messages The Divine Order of the Kingdom and Serving the Server, I am always looking to Him for the practical application of His word. We make a mistake when we rejoice in the revelation of the word but never walk in the practical application of it. The two messages mentioned above carry sweeping revelation that seems beyond where the kingdom of God’s manifestation in the literal earth is right now. By that I mean where Christianity is living on a practical level. But here is the point. Everything that God speaks has a personal fulfillment as well as a collective one. Fulfillment begins individually in sons before it is manifested universally in the earth. Verses 12-13 of the above text say “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” These passages are speaking of receiving. This is the same emphasis of the message Serving the Server. When Jesus washed the disciples feet they needed to receive what He was doing to them. We remember how Peter first protested when Jesus began to wash his feet. Jesus told Peter that if He didn’t wash his feet, then he had no part in Him. This is what verses 12-13 are telling us. Only those who receive Him are born of God, or, being born of God (an on going manifestation). This is not a one time receiving. We are to perpetually receive Him as His word comes to us afresh.
2nd Thess. 2:13
For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
How important it is to receive the word on the level that it is spoken to us. Paul gave thanks because the Thessalonians received the word on the level it was spoken. Because they did so, Paul told them it would perform its work in them. This is the higher level of the Kingdom. It is giving and receiving the word as Christ Himself. This is the level of creative change. This is the level of spiritual impartation. This realm exceeds the soul realm where we receive instruction for our minds and natural understanding. Giving and receiving in the soul realm cannot change us into His image. It must be done in the higher realm of spirit.